Boston >Food & Dining > Orinoco
477 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA | Directions 0211842.338786 -71.075867
Tue-Wed 12pm-2:30pm, 6pm-10pm
Thu-Sat 12pm-2:30pm, 6pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: South End, Shawmut
Unique but pricey – Place was pretty good, but not fantastic for the pricey menu. It's really small and doesn't take reservations so we waited an hour for a table for five.
I got the portabello goat cheese arepas - stuffed corn pockets. These were ok, but not as flavorful as I had hoped. They were 15.95 for four of them...wouldn't get them again.
Some friends got the churrasco, which they liked...but they didn't get that much for the price.
The empanadas were my favorite out of the bunch...we also got some yucca fries which were unique but wouldn't order them again.
Overall, I probably wouldn't come here again.
LUNCH WAS AMAZING! – Two of my friends went to this place (one for lunch and the other for dinner) and they both LOVED it, so I had to try it out. It looks like a hole in the wall and there is seating outside and inside (like an old saloon) but my friend who went for dinner said it is a GREAT date place (candles and all, everything was very nice at night too) but I went for lunch. the food was AMAZING. Seriously, totally didn't expect a quick bite to eat to LITERALLY make me "mmm" with every bite! I had the Venezuelan corn sandwich (can't remember the name...) with shredded chicken and avocado, and my friend had a steak sandwich... and both of us were speechless! We also had fried plantains... seriously, try them, they are delic! So thumbs up for orinoco!
Citysearch Editorial Review – Inspired by the casual, convivial roadside eateries found throughout Venezuela, Orinoco uses old family recipes to produce one of the city's most authentic Latin American eateries. Upbeat waiters navigate the intimate dining room, which is decorated with colorful masks, filled with mismatched chairs and has room for only 20 patrons. Drink options run the gamut from South American wines to tropical fruit drinks. Diners peek into the partially open kitchen to view authentic arepas being made by hand. Filled with everything from slow-cooked pork leg to creamy Venezuelan guayanes cheese, these smoky corn pockets make for an ideal starter. Shredded beef empanadas and bacon-wrapped, almond-filled dates are among the other appetizers available. Entrees, most of which come in under $15, include adobo-rubbed tuna and Pabellon Criollo, a traditional Venezuelan dish of shredded beef, white rice, black beans and plantains. Homemade caramel flan and molten chocolate cake provide a sweet finish.
delicious and cozy – i had heard a lot of good things about this place and decided to take my parents there when they were in town. the food was incredibly flavorful and the service was excellent. I particularly recommend the shredded beef & beans. Also, the flan was the best I've ever had. Go!
The best of the "other" south! – I have dine at Orinoco many times and all have been deliciuosly wonderful. However, the best time to go is for sunday brunch. Get in early (very small place) or you will smell all that good food as you wait for others to finish! I recomend you start of with a hot chocolate, very thick, non of that watery stuff! The arepas with chicken and avacodo are good, but a must try are the CACHAPAS. MMMMmm oh so yummy!
So Good! So Good! So Good! – This cozy latin hideaway located on the corner of Shawmut Avenue and Concord Street, in the South End is absolutely divine. From the moment you step in the front door, you feel as though you could be in the house of a Venezuelan family. The decor is rustic and charming with warm colours accenting the wall, along with the spanish light fixtures make this an intimate spot without it being pretentious. The wine list was surpisingly delicious with an array of vineyards from South America. Once seated, the service was friendly and prompt, without being annoying and never once did you feel rushed. The meal was phenomenal! In an area where restaurants seem to be on every corner, and more chichi then the next, this was a terrific change of pace and a true hidden gem!
Great food and service! – Excellent restaurant. Parking is difficult so cabbing is a better idea. They don't take reservations. Our wait was 25 minutes, but completely worth it. The food was very good. I've had home-cooked Latin food which was not as good as this. They are pretty authentic (no Latin fusion). The host is also the owner. The entire staff was very pleasant. Will be going back there soon!
Wonderful Food – I recently relocated to Boston and have yet to be Wowed by any place EXCEPT this place.. WOW, truly amazing food.
Good service, great prices, fun atmosphere – We went here on a Friday night around 9pm and got seated right away. The host was very nice and the server was helpful in explaining the menu.
I liked the arepas but wished they were a little less hard (maybe less time on the grill?). The main dishes were great and came with awesome sides of plantains and black beans.
The wine list was small but very reasonably priced. The atmosphere was casual with a great energy. It looked like the wait staff really liked working there. Some of the staff and customers even started an impromtu latin dance session.
Overall I would definitely recommend this place.
Excellent – Small, cozy, first come, first serve service. Overall we found the food to be fresh, delicious and I would highly recommend this place.
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